Central Standard
12:56 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

One City, Many Art Neighborhoods: The Nelson-Atkins Cultural District In Context

Before First Fridays took off, most people in Kansas City would have been hard-pressed to identify a local arts district. But the Crossroads district has since attracted attention from throughout the city and beyond. And other arts districts have popped up around it. How will the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's plans for a midtown cultural district fit into the bigger picture?


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Arts & Culture
3:31 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Sneak Peek: Second Fridays In Kansas City

Renee Stout, 'Fatima's Sign,' 2002
Credit courtesy: Belger Arts Center

So — maybe First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District is a little too crowded for you. How about Second Fridays?

Some Kansas City metropolitan area galleries have started opening their doors on the second Fridays of the month to host new exhibitions or simply provide a less elbow-to-elbow opportunity to view the artwork.

Here's what's on tap:

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5:26 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New Kansas City Store Serves Up Midwestern Pride

Raygun owner and founder Mike Draper cracks himself up a little bit in his new Kansas City store.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

It’s not hard to find stores catering to people proud of their schools or sports teams, but a shop opening this week in Kansas City, Mo., called Raygun, is all about a perennial underdog: the Midwest.

Owner Mike Draper is from Iowa, and this will be his first store outside his home state.

Like a lot of Midwesterners, Draper left home when he could, but came back to take part in a big shift he sees taking place in the Midwestern self-image.   

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4:26 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

KC Streetcar Tax Challenge In Judges' Hands

Photo illustration of how a streetcar might look going southbound on Main Street.
Credit HDR Corp.

The Kansas City Court of Appeals has taken testimony to help judges decide factors that will affect timely construction of a new downtown streetcar. 

The case centers on protests of taxes to support building and operating the line.

On one hand, City Hall argues the cutoff date to contest the vote on a taxing district is long past.

On the other, lawyers for two property owners think opponents of the 1 cent sales tax and a property tax increase had proper time to object.  That’s the heart of it.

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Visual Arts
1:49 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Collector And Gallerist Byron Cohen Dies At 72

Byron Cohen, in front of one of Deng Wushu's works, at the Byron C. Cohen Gallery, 2009.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Kansas City gallery owner, art consultant and collector Byron C. Cohen died Friday morning. He was 72.

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Visual Arts
8:51 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Dolphin Closes In The West Bottoms, 'Body Blow' To Art World

Dolphin Gallery in the West Bottoms.
courtesy: David Hughes Charlotte Street Foundation

Dolphin Gallery's John O'Brien had hinted about a change for months. But, now, it's official. Dolphin, the exhibition space and framing business in the West Bottoms, will close after its last show (slated to open May 17).

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Central Standard
9:42 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Inside Jim Leedy's Art Studio

The legendary artist Jim Leedy gives this piece of advice to any budding artist: always be conscious of where you've been when heading in a new direction. Jim Leedy’s known for his many journey's and new directions, now documented in an upcoming film.

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Central Standard
3:06 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Remember Mott-ly

David Goodrich

For the second half of this Thursday's Central Standard, a new tribute to local legend Mott-ly.

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9:24 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Resolution Between Crossroads And MLB

A conflict with Major League Baseball that could have disrupted two successive “First Friday” events in the Crossroads Arts District has been resolved.

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Visual Arts
9:18 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Lawrence Lithography: Creating An Image From Stone

The first home of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop in downtown Lawrence, Kan. It's now located at 2011 Tracy, Kansas City, Mo.
courtesy of Lawrence Lithography Workshop

Mike Sims was first introduced to lithography, described as the closest of all printing processes to pure drawing, as a student in the late 1960s. And Sims was hooked.

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KC Currents
11:51 am
Mon May 10, 2010

Crossroads Renovations Uncover Pendergast's Secrets

Photo by Alex Smith / KCUR. Click to enlarge.

Kansas City, Mo. – Businessman and political boss Tom Pendergast was a major player in Kansas City life for nearly 20 years. Many of the facts of his underground activities during Prohibition have been lost to history.

But new renovations and development in the Crossroads have recently revealed another clue to understanding the man who's been called the Al Capone of the Plains.

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Visual Arts
10:50 am
Thu July 31, 2008

Kemper At The Crossroads Opens November 7

Kemper at the Crossroads, 19th and Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri.
rendering of Kemper at the Crossroads, courtesy KEM STUDIO

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has two locations near the Kansas City Art Institute and plans to open a third downtown, in the Crossroads Arts District, in November.

Kemper at the Crossroads will be located at 19th and Baltimore, at the former site of the Dolphin Gallery, which has moved to the West Bottoms.

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2:13 pm
Tue November 2, 2004

Political Art at the Dolphin

Archie Scott Gobber

During this year's bitter and at times vitriolic election campaigns, political artwork has been on the rise across the nation. Two new politically charged exhibits at the Dolphin Gallery in the Crossroads Art District...use humor and satire to deflect some of the negativity.

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